The Joys of Fat Albert

The Joys of Fat Albert

The Joys of Fat Albert

The Joys of Fat Albert

The animated series Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids premiered on CBS in 1972 and ran for 12 years, spawning 110 episodes. Fat Albert, Mushmouth, Weird Harold, and Dumb Donald were all based on characters Bill Cosby supposedly grew up with and had been involving in his standup routine entitled “Buck Buck” – a game kids would play in his neighborhood.

So many talented and unfortunately forgotten animators had a hand in the design of the characters including Amby Paliwoda (Flintstones) and Ken Mundie (Little Nemo) and it’s striking how their funky images have become influences to so many modern designers and illustrators. The franchise was almost ruined when a terrible live-action film was made that starred Kenan Thompson, but luckily there are artists out there like KAWS, Jamie Hewlett, Michael Lau, and James Jarvis continuing on the tradition of fun and colorful work.

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Bobby Solomon

May 27, 2011 / By

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